Tainted ham has left one person dead and three sick following a listeria contamination that has quickly led to a recall because of the high risk it poses to health.
A look at the listeria ham recall
The United States Department of Agriculture reports Johnson County Hams is recalling 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham that was shipped to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.
The ham, which was produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The presence of the pathogenic bacteria resulted in four confirmed illnesses, one of which has proven fatal.
Included in this recall are the following items:
- Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.”
- Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
- Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. FULLY COOKED COUNTRY HAM BONELESS Glazed with Brown Sugar.”
- Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham LESS SALT Distributed By: Valley Country Hams LLC” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019.
- Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “GOODNIGHT BROTHERS COUNTRY HAM Boneless Fully Cooked.”
Sample labels on the affected products include the following:
Click here to see two additional labels associated with this recall.
Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis. While it is uncommon and rarely affects healthy people, listeriosis can be a potentially fatal disease for those with weakened immune systems.